St. Lawrence University junior wing Greg Carey put his team ahead with a goal on a major power play with 4:55 to play in regulation time and center Kyle Essery added an empty net goal with 1:31 to go as St. Lawrence University came from behind to beat Cornell 4-2 in a ECAC Division I men's hockey game at Appleton Arena in Canton Friday night.
The Saints extended their league unbeaten streak to 4-0-1 over their last five games and improved to 12-10-3 overall and 5-5-3 in ECAC play, moving into a tie for fifth, two points out of third, to start a four-game homestand. Cornell dropped its fourth straight and at 8-10-2 overall and 4-7-2 in league play, finds itself in 11th place in ECAC Hockey.
The Saints exploded for three third period goals for the second straight Friday night and snapped a four-game losing streak against the Big Red with their first win against Cornell since the 2010-11 season. It was another balanced scoring effort as Kyle Flanagan had two assists, Pat Doherty scored for the second straight game and George Hughes had three assists to help the Saint cause.
SLU started quickly as junior wing Jeremy Wick scored his ninth of the season and fifth in the last four games, putting away his own rebound just 1:36 into the game, but Cornell, which came into the game scoring at just 11.1 percent on league play, tied the game on its first power play chance of the game in the first period and took a lead on its third man advantage opportunity, scoring quickly on both power plays.
Joel Lowry walked out of the corner and tucked the puck under the crossbar at 11:27 of the first, scoring just 24 seconds into the power play and John McCarron rang one off the crossbar and in at 6:05 of the second, 14 seconds into the man advantage, to give Cornell a 2-1 lead after two.
The Saints, who needed a breakaway save by goalie Matt Weninger on a shorthanded bid by Lowry to stay within a goal, had a number of missed opportunities to tie the game or take a lead, but finally came through in the third period.
Sophomore Pat Doherty scored his seventh of the season in a scramble in front of Cornell goalie Andy Iles as he tipped a shot by defenseman George Hughes which hit Iles in the skate and went into the net ti tie the game at 2-2 3:12 into the second. Carey, who leads Division I in goals and was tied for the lead in power play goals scored his 17th of the season and seventh power play goal of the year at 15:05 with the Saints on a major power play to put SLU in front. Carey took a pass from center Kyle Flanagan and wristed a shot into the upper corner to give SLU a 3-2 lead.
The Saints were called for a penalty to negate part of the major and Cornell pulled Iles for an extra attacker with 1:48 to go in regulation time, but that backfired when Essery hit the empty net from near the red line just 17 seconds later for his seventh of the year and the 4-2 Saint lead.
SLU outshot Cornell 35-30 with 17 of the 35 shots coming in the third period. Weninger made 28 saves for the Saints while Iles had 31 stops for the Big Red.